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Published Online: 4 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781444351071.wbeghm701

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration

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2013. Introduction. The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. .

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  1. Published Online: 4 FEB 2013


The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration is the culmination of decades of work by scholars of migration who research multifaceted aspects of human mobility throughout the world. Migration scholarship permeates every field and illuminates one of the most persistent characteristics of human activity. This encyclopedia assembles the most current analytic and historical approaches and interpretations of migration, from prehistory to the present. It strives for relevance and significance in academic research as it demonstrates the countervailing approaches and interpretations in an array of academic disciplines. As the first major work on migration to cover its historical trajectory it incorporates divergent perspectives from a range of fields. Consequently, while the editors of this work view historical research as central to understanding migration patterns, we acknowledge varying interpretations. In editing the encyclopedia we have attempted to confront these different perspectives consistently and thoughtfully, recognizing those ideas that transcend established disciplinary boundaries.


  • migration